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The biggest human trafficking case happened in 2008 when the Tallahassee Police Department, state and federal authorities successfully uncovered and convicted sex traffickers in the Melchor and Monsalve cases. In this case, a Colombian sex trafficking operation came to light in an upscale Tallahassee neighborhood after two foreign national victims escaped.
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What is Human Trafficking?
- Human trafficking, or modern-day slavery, is a crime. It happens when one person exploits another person for labor or for sex. Traffickers use force, fraud, or coercion to control others against their free will.
- Traffickers can be organized crime or a single individual. They can be diplomats, business people, or a family member of the victim.
- Trafficking victims are from all walks of life and can be anyone who is vulnerable: children and adults, males and females, U.S. citizens as well as immigrants, educated and illiterate, disabled or fully able, English speakers or not. They may be homeless, runaways, or prior victims of sexual abuse.
- Trafficking victims often are poor, unsafe, and searching for a better life for themselves and their families.
STAC is Here to Fill a Dire Need
- STAC is here because the Big Bend of Florida needs comprehensive services assistance for ALL survivors of trafficking: both labor and sex trafficking.
- STAC is the single point of contact for all human trafficking victims’ needs and issues. No other agency has a sole focus on human trafficking.
- STAC works closely with those who assist specific populations – minors, adult women who are sex trafficked, immigrants, or offer one kind of assistance such as substance abuse treatment or legal assistance.
- STAC partners with local agencies to help wrap services around each survivor of trafficking – to meet that individual’s needs.
- STAC’s services are victim-centered and trauma-informed.
- STAC collaborates with other advocates, service providers, law enforcement and prosecutors so that survivors can receive the assistance they need to survive and thrive.
- STAC provides training and public awareness to key groups like healthcare professionals, faith communities, service agencies, the justice system, and many others.
- STAC completed survey research in collaboration with the Florida State University Center for the Advancement of Human Rights (CAHR) and the Big Bend Coalition Against Human Trafficking (BBCAHT). In that survey, we found:
- 74 victims of human trafficking were identified and verified by survey respondents in 2015-17.
- The numbers of suspected victims in this area is shockingly high: 332 victims of trafficking have been suspected by area organizations and agencies.
- In STAC’s service area, The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice reported 16 cases of child trafficking from October 2014 to February 2017, all females.
- Florida is third in the nation in the number of human trafficking cases.
- Since 2007, the National Human Trafficking Hotline has received reports of 2,321 cases of human trafficking in Florida.
Learn more about human trafficking in Florida: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/state/florida
Learn more about human trafficking in the United States: https://humantraffickinghotline.org/states